This week on the podcast we talk about Pixar’s new trailer for Cars 3. Then we move on to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2, which opened to more than $145 million but could still fail. We talk about how that might be a good thing. Then we dive into those rumors surrounding Johnny Depp and the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The conversation gets really interesting once we talk about the plans Disney has for the film in China. Plus we talk about that new nighttime fireworks show and launch a contest that could add a new Disney movie to your collection. That and much, much more. For the week of May 15, 2017, this is episode 131 of The Disney Movie Review. (Listen to the full episode below)
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Pixar’s Cars 3 Trailer
This week Pixar released a new trailer for Cars 3. There wasn’t a ton of new footage, but the way it was edited, this film started to look a lot more like Rocky. That’s a good thing. One of the many problems with Cars 2 was that it traded in the deep lessons of the first movie for flashy graphics.
Inside Out proves there is nothing wrong with flashy graphics, but they should never come at the expense of the story. The landscapes and animation in Cars 2 is beautiful, but it lacked substance. With this new trailer, Pixar is showing that they are making a comeback. Much like Lightning McQueen, Pixar was the champ that has now faltered. This year it had no Best Animated Feature contenders. It was shut out of the Oscars almost completely.
With Cars 3, Pixar can get its groove back. Check out the trailer below to see more.
Why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Should Fail
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 did well. Very well. Our Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review showed just how much we loved the movie. It had one of the top five debuts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (It had the best debut of any MCU film that didn’t feature Iron Man). And yet, for some reason, I can’t help but feel like it is a failure.
Maybe it’s because Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted to $166 million. Or Maybe it’s because Spider-Man 3 made $155 million on opening. (Both were roundly hated by fans). The point is that bad movies make a lot of money, so it is disappointing when good movies don’t at least equal the feat.
That being said, I read an article by Scott Mendelson titled “Why I Hope Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Fails to Top $1 Billion.” It reminded me that movies making more than $1 billion is still sort of a new phenomenon.
We have had two years with an absolute deluge of expected and unexpected $1b+ grossers, all from Walt Disney or Universal. We have come to the point where the once-unthinkable benchmark is now tossed around as casually as the once-vaunted $100 million+ opening weekend. And this creates unrealistic and often implausible expectations that hurt the films and the studios making them.
It’s a good read for any movie fan. As a Disney fan it made me rethink the way I judge the MCU films. Still, I hope Guardians Vol 2 destroys the DC films at the box office when all is said and done.
Pirates: Big Trouble, Not So Little China
Johnny Depp has been in the news recently for erratic behavior on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He has apparently shown up to the set drunk and been late to the set several times. It was well publicized that Depp was going through a divorce during the filming. This week Jerry Bruckheimer stood up in defense of Depp.
That’s the sort of thing I’m supposed to report since it may become relevant. The more important thing is how Disney is treating the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. There are a few things to note.
First, Disney is releasing the film in China the same weekend it drops in the US. It is one of the few times China is allowing a foreign film to debut over a national holiday. (The Dragon Boat Festival runs from May 28 – 30). In addition, Disney held the world premiere of the movie in Shanghai, the same city that holds the newest Disney park with an entire land devoted to Pirates. Finally, analysts are expecting this film to do better in China than in the US. Pirates” could pull in 1.56 billion yuan ($226 million) in China, but is only expected to bring $212 million prediction for North America
Disney’s Second Quarter Earnings FY16-17
Disney reporter an earnings per share of $1.50 vs. $1.41 expected. Unfortunately, the revenue was “only” $13.34 billion, which is about $100 million short of what analysts expected. This, of course, led to a stock drop of 2 percent.
Go figure, ESPN was at the center of this earnings report as well. From CNBC
Disney’s cable business, which falls under its media and networks segment, reported operating income of $1.79 billion. That figure comes in below Street expectations for about $1.85 billion, according to a StreetAccount consensus estimate.The company said the 3 percent year-over-year decrease in operating income was primarily driven by ESPN’s higher programming costs. Disney said, however, that the decline was “partially offset by affiliate and advertising revenue growth.
Can Disney figure out ESPN soon? We think so, but there will be a few more quarters of Cord Cutters to come. The uncertainty around ESPN has led some investors to view Disney – or even Star Wars – as vulnerable. They are wrong, but none appear to be more out of touch than this guy. (http://investorplace.com/2017/05/walt-disney-co-dis-stock-gamble/2/#.WRXZx2nyvIU)
Disney World Launches Happily Ever After Over The Magic Kingdom
Disney fired up its replacement to the nighttime fireworks show “Wishes” this week. “Happily Ever After” lit up the sky over Magic Kingdom in Disney World to (mostly) positive reviews. We loved it and can’t wait to see it in person. If you happened to miss the debut, check the replay here.
Here’s what we talk about in Fast Flicks
Why Kevin Feige wants the post credits scene so much
Beauty and the Beast is the highest grossing PG film ever
A map of the original Disneyland is going up for Auction
Ever wonder what Spider-Man would look like if he dressed in drag and sang Umbrella by Rihanna? Tom Holland says wonder no more.
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